What do you do for your Make-A-Wish when you’ve beaten cancer?
If you’re 13-year-old Lucas Hobbs, you step inside a food truck and prepare a free meal for the Minneapolis police. Lucas and the O’Cheeze food truck (think grilled cheese sandwiches) pulled up outside of City Hall, last July, roughly seven months after Lucas went through treatment for Stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma, according to the Star Tribune.
Lucas is now in remission.
“Sometimes it’s not that thankful of a job,” the boy said, referring to the job of a police officer.
But Lucas hasn’t stopped with police officers.
Prior to City Hall, Lucas helped feed more than 1,000 people outside of his church, with help from several area food trucks, including Sal’s Place (@salsplaceonroad), the Gastrotruck (@gastrotruck), and A Cupcake Social (@acupcakesocial).
Chef Lucas Food
And today, Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving 2015 – the original idea that has grown out of Lucas’s Make-A-Wish continues: The goal of serving others in need through food has evolved into the nonprofit, Chef Lucas Food.
The Pioneer Press quotes Lucas: “[W]hat we’re doing is doing good with food. Last week, we gave a food kit to a boy named Trent who has an inoperable brain tumor. We went to his house and gave him the kit.” Lucas’s father points out that this helps families slow down when they need to, so that they can focus on each other.
9 Minneapolis Area Food Trucks with Holiday Spirit
In all, nine Minneapolis area food trucks volunteered to help fulfill Lucas’s wish – a six-stop Make-A-Wish tour – including:
- Hot Indian Foods
- World Street Kitchen
- Sal’s Place on the Road
- R.A. MacSammy’s
- The Moral Omnivore
- Kona Ice
- A Cupcake Social
One other organization also has considerable Thanksgiving spirit: the Minnesota Food Truck Association, which has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation since the beginning, and will continue to partner with Lucas on Chef Lucas Food.
And what does Lucas want to be when he grows up? He’s thinking he might become a police officer. Or a chef. Although it seems like he already is.